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5 reasons to do meatless mondays

9th January 2017 by Jess

Choosing a majority plant-based diet with quality fruits and vegetables we know offers umpteen different health benefits. So why pick a day to go exclusively meatless? Here are our 5 main reasons to go meat-free on Mondays.

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start the week with intention

Start your week strong with a super organised day! Knowing and planning in advance what kind of food you will be eating will launch you into a routine, and help you establish healthy habits.

We all know how much better we feel when we eat our greens, and go for non-processed meals, so this opportunity allows us to intentionally plan a day around eating only foods that make us feel great.

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become more environmentally-friendly

Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption.

Going meatless even for a day a week is a compassionate step towards showing the world and the food industry that treading lightly is an important part of being an earthling.

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be more creative in the kitchen

If you’re from a meat and two veg kinda family, going meatless on Mondays can allow you to unleash your inner creative chef, and experiment with new flavours and ingredients which you might not normally have introduced.

Some of the most delicious foods can be pulses and legumes, cooked up in hot pots, stews and soups.

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save some money

Fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, grains, pulses and legumes are some of the cheaper ingredients on offer, whilst well-sourced meat and fish tends to be the most expensive part of our food shop.

Cutting down on your overall meat consumption one day a week will mean you can spend that money on better quality organic or free range meat the rest of the time. Win-win!

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make your body happy

By including a varied nut, seed, bean and grain based diet, you can get a great level of natural protein into your body to fill your nutritional needs.

The key is knowing the most protein rich sources and how much you need so here’s a handy checklist for you for 10 of the most popular plant based proteins…

plant protein info
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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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